In totalitarian countries, the primary task of the police, rather than crime solving and public safety, is political surveillance and suppression of protest. But what about liberal democracies? In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, and especially since the mass demonstrations following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, public attention has strongly focused on police brutality and racial profiling, past and present.
In the next Cold War Spaces interview, Wende Museum curator Joes Segal will speak with Alex Vitale, professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and author of the groundbreaking The End of Policing about police tactics and politics during the Cold War and in our present day.
A 30-minute interview followed by 15 minutes Q&A. Thursday (not Wednesday), October 8 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time via Zoom webinar.
You can participate for free by clicking the RSVP link: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/901…/WN_NXXaYkcrT8aM_5vp6Strkw